Let’s face it - cleaning the kitchen is probably not your favourite pastime. Luckily, there are a few simple tips you can put into practice that could help put the sparkle back into your cooking space. To find out how to fine tune your cleaning regime, keep reading.
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1. Swap your harsh scouring pads for a damp, lint-free cloth
While scouring pads do have their uses, did you know these kitchen accessories could be doing your cooking space more harm than good? The rough bristles of the pad might be good for removing tough stains and splatters on some surfaces, but they could be too harsh for others.
For example, if you have solid wood worktops, it’s likely these surfaces are covered in a protective oil. By using a scouring pad on this type of material, you could risk rubbing the oil away, meaning your countertops are much more susceptible to damage. As kitchen specialists Worktop Express point out on their website, you should use a damp, lint-free cloth instead, being careful to use only a small amount of soap and avoid using multi-purpose cleaning products containing harsh chemicals.
2. Clean your microwave with lemon slices
Your microwave is probably one of the most useful gadgets in your kitchen. However, since it’s likely that you use this appliance on a regular basis, it can be easy for its interior to become extremely dirty. The truth is, cleaning it out can be awkward and a bit of a hassle, but if you’re not careful, dried food and liquids can build up over time, leaving you with a microwave full of germs and bacteria.
The good news is, there is a simple trick that will make cleaning your appliance much easier. Simply fill a shallow dish with a few slices of lemon, place it in the microwave and turn it on for two minutes. The steam produced will soften the dried food, making it easier for you to wipe it up, while the lemon slices will leave it smelling super fresh. It really does work and is a method I have used time and time again.
3. Get a squeaky clean oven by using bicarbonate of soda
Like your microwave, cleaning out your oven can be tricky. Even if you put in plenty of elbow grease, you may struggle to get the inside looking squeaky clean. So, if you’re fed up scrubbing to no avail, you could try using bicarbonate of soda. Although you might be more used to using this as a baking ingredient rather than a cleaning tool, it can be highly effective in helping get rid of muck and grime that may have built up inside your oven.
To see how it works for yourself, open your oven door and sprinkle the bicarbonate of soda on the door, bottom of the oven and, if you have one, inside your roasting tray. Next, spray water on the soda until damp, then leave it to sit for a few hours. When you come back, you should find that you can wipe the dirt away quickly and easily.
4. Get Shiny Clean Chrome Taps
After using the lemon slices to clean the microwave, rub them on your chrome taps. They help with limescale build up and add extra shine.
By following these four simple tips, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a super sparkling kitchen.
Disclosure: This post is a collaborative post.